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Benson High School Magnet
Choral Handbook 2017-2018

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Table of Contents
Welcome.........................................................................................Page 3
Important Dates..............................................................................Page 4
Music Education Standards.............................................................Page 5
Benson Choral Ensembles...............................................................Page 5
Rules and Procedures..................................................................Page 5-6
Grading Policy.................................................................................Page 6
Rehearsals and Performances.........................................................Page 6
Choral Uniform...............................................................................Page 7
Fundraising and Fees......................................................................Page 7
Travel..............................................................................................Page 7
Auditions.........................................................................................Page 8
Choral Literature.............................................................................Page 8
Parent/Teacher Communication.....................................................Page 8

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Welcome!
It’s another exciting year for Benson High School Chorus! My name is Ms. Gibbons, and I am the
Chorus Director at Benson High School Magnet. I’m very excited to get to know the students
and help to further their musical training. This handbook contains very important information
for chorus students and parents such as course objectives, the grading policy, required
materials, and a calendar for the year. Please read carefully over this information as it is all very
important and many aspects will effect student grades.

I’m very excited to be starting my first year as chorus director at Benson. I grew up in South
Carolina and received my Bachelor's degree in Music Education. I taught three years of middle
school chorus outside of Columbia, SC. I just completed a Master's degree in choral conducting
at the University of Louisville. I may be new to the Omaha area, but I know that it's a wonderful
place. I'm glad I get to start my high school teaching career at Benson, and I can't wait to meet
all of the students I'll be working with in the future.

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Important Dates:
September 16- All-State Audition Workshop at UNO
September 18- Deadline to register for All State Auditions
October 6-7- All State Auditions
October 23-31- Boo Gram Fundraiser
November 16-18- All-State Weekend (if selected)
Week of Nov. 27- Auditions for Spring Musical
Nov. 27- Dec. 1- All City Auditions
November/December- Swing Choir Camp (Friday and Saturday)
Month of December- School Musical Rehearsals Begin
December 14- Vocal Music Winter Concert
January- School Musical Rehearsals Continue
February 1-4- All City Rehearsals and Performance (if selected)
February 16- Swing Choir Competes at South Invitational, South HS
March 26- Vocal Adjudication (Concert Choir)
April 19-21- District Music Contest (Concert Choir)
May 1- Spring Concert
May 11- Bunny Tracks

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District Power Standards for 9-12 Chorus
1. Performing Music
2. Literacy (Reading and Creating)
3. Cultural Connections (Responding)

Benson High School Choral Ensembles
Treble Chorus
Mixed Chorus
Concert Choir
Swing Choir
Individual course descriptions may be found in the course catalogue or in your student's
syllabus.
Rules and Procedures
My classroom adheres to the schoolwide Bunny Code:
RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, SAFETY, WILLINGNESS TO ACHIEVE

Just as in any other class, chorus has its own set of rules and procedures. These need to be
followed in order to maximize our rehearsal time and opportunities for success.
The Chorus classroom rules are as follows:
1. Be respectful- to your director, your classmates, and materials
2. Be prompt- be on time to all classes and rehearsals, take quick breaks when needed
3. Be prepared- have all necessary materials
4. Be participating- always be active, even when you may not be singing, work ahead!
5. BE A MUSICIAN- we always want to display the culture of music

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Not adhering to the rules will result in the following consequences:
1. Verbal Warning
2. Parent Call
3. After School Detention
4. Discipline Referral to administrator
Appropriate consequences will be assigned based on the severity of behavior.
Grading Policy
Chorus is a performance-based class. The final product of learning is the music, and students’
grades will be based primarily on performances. Students will also be expected to complete
written work such as music theory worksheets and performance evaluations. Minor
assignments will be counted as formative assessments, and major assignments will be counted
as summative assessments. Examples of formative assessments include written quizzes, in-class
performances, and short reflections. Examples of summative assessments include major
performances, written tests, and long reflections. Formative grades make up 35% of the final
grade, and summative grades make up 65% of the final grade.
Rehearsals and Performances
In order for students to perform at their highest potential, after-school rehearsals will be held
immediately before concert and festival dates. Students will have advance notice of all
rehearsals and concerts. It is crucial that each student attend all rehearsals and performanceswe are a unit, and missing one voice can make a big impact on our sound. The following are
guidelines for rehearsals and performances:






All dress rehearsals and concerts are MANDATORY. They will be counted as a test grade.
If students have an unexcused absence from a dress rehearsal or performance, they will
receive a 0 in the gradebook.
Excused absences include personal illness, death in the family, unexpected family
emergency or religious obligation. Any other situation must be explained to the director
at least one week before the rehearsal or concert.
Any absence must be documented with a concert absence form. Ms. Gibbons will send
the form home directly following the concert. The student is responsible for getting
their form signed and turned back in within a week in order to make up their concert
grade.

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Uniform
Proper performance attire is essential for each chorus student. Uniforms vary between classes.
All major uniform pieces will be provided by the school. All students must wear closed toe dress
shoes. If students are in Swing Choir and Concert Choir, they may wear their dance shoes for
the full performance.
Concert Choir members will wear robes. Those students should wear dressy clothes to the
concert (collared shirt and black slacks for men, black slacks or dress/skirt for ladies).
Swing Choir members will either wear silver and black knee-length dresses or black dress shirt
and slacks with provided tie. All swing choir members are required to wear appropriate dance
shoes, such as character shoes.
Mixed Chorus and Treble Chorus members will wear provided Benson Chorus polos. These
students are responsible for wearing appropriate black pants (no holes, tears, or leggings) and
black dress shoes.
Fundraising and Fees
Students may be asked to participate in a fundraiser in order to help pay for extracurricular
choral trips. Fundraisers will take place at school or at a designated location (restaurant percent
night, etc.) All care will be taken to help provide financial support to students who need it.
Travel
Benson High School students are fortunate to be a part of a thriving choral community in our
district. Opportunities for travel include All-State Chorus in November, BOCH Honor Choir at
UNO in January, and All-City Chorus in February. Students are expected to represent Benson
and the choral community with professional behavior and attitude. If students are selected to
be a part of any honor ensemble, they will be asked to sign a conduct and commitment
statement located at the end of this handbook.

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